A church in California with hundreds of attendees received a fine of slightly more than $340,000 from the paycheck Protection Program (Paycheck Protection Program), and also ignored public health for violating indoor gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic The order was fined $1 million.
The NBC Bay Area reported on Thursday evening that despite the public health measures taken by Santa Clara County for such gatherings, San Jose continued to provide indoor Christmas Eve services. Northern California churches have been fined more than $1 million for previous violations of state health orders. At the same time, according to an analysis by KGO-TV, each church received $340,400 in income from the PPP loan in April, three times that of other religious organizations in the Bay Area.
Santa Clara County Legal Counsel James Williams told KGO: “It’s disturbing to hear such news. This agency has played a big role in the courts and public health orders at the state and local levels. Turn the situation around and collect taxpayer money from the federal government.”
In a Christmas speech on Thursday night, the pastor of Golgotha, Mc McClure, told the congregation that when Jesus Christ was born, the American government behaved like the Roman Empire.
McClure said: “This is what Caesar ultimately wants. Just like the government today, he is worshiped.” “But only God can be worshipped, and only God deserves our praise.”
The current household order in Santa Clara County (last revised on December 4) prohibits “all gatherings with other family members, whether indoors or outdoors.” Outdoor religious services and other activities of up to 100 people are allowed. However, McClure and his church ignored these demands, and his lawyers questioned the constitutionality of county and state public health laws.
Despite the concerns of local health officials, McClure’s lawyer may be correct. The Supreme Court ruled at the end of November that New York’s restrictions on religious gatherings violated the Constitution. In the lawsuit filed by leaders of churches and synagogues in New York, the majority held that the state’s restrictions could not “sing out the chapel for particularly severe treatment.”
It is not clear whether the Supreme Court will treat California’s restrictions in the same way. But the Supreme Judiciary this month instructed lower courts to reconsider previous rulings to uphold California’s ban on indoor religious services based on the New York State decision. According to the directive, Los Angeles County, California, revoked the ban on indoor religious services. However, it said that these incidents can only be carried out when “compulsory body grooming is carried out at the scene and a mask must be worn on the nose and mouth.”
At the same time, according to records, since the beginning of the pandemic, California has the highest number of infections of any state, exceeding 2 million. New York Timestracking device. The western country is also the most populous state in the country, with the third-highest death toll reported among all states, with nearly 24,000 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.
In the past week, California has averaged more than 40,000 new infections every day and more than 250 deaths every day. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, Santa Clara County has reported 61,090 infections and 3,169 deaths. In the past 7 days, the county had an average of more than 1,200 infections per day.
Weekly newspaper Asked for comment from the Shimi Chapel and the Santa Clara County Public Health Department, but they did not immediately respond.